Santi Cazorla reveals comeback date after Arsenal injury nightmare
Santi Cazorla reveals that he is targeting a return to action with Arsenal in 2019 after undergoing yet another operation
Santi Cazorla has revealed that he is hoping to return to action for Arsenal in 2019 after undergoing yet another operation on his road to recovery.
The Spanish playmaker has been out of action for the Gunners since suffering an ankle injury back in October 2016 and undergoing surgery to correct the problem.
However, a succession of surgeries has resulted in the loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle.
The midfielder is out of contract at Arsenal and is yet to be offered a new deal by the north London club.
The 33-year-old has now revealed that he considered retirement but says he is now hoping to return to full fitness by next year after undergoing a new operation.
Cazorla said in an interview with RTVE: “There have been moments when I’ve thought about throwing in the towel. I’ve thought things like ‘maybe it is not worth continuing’.
“If things go well, maybe next year I can play at the top level again.
“The last surgery was seven weeks ago, and my tenth in total. The first surgery was risky because I took many corticosteroids and the skin deteriorated.
“Then a skin graft was proposed and after that, the infection ate my tendon”.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing to return to Premier League action on Tuesday night with a trip to Swansea City.
The north London side are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and break back into the Champions League spots this term.
The Gunners confirmed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United on Monday and continue to be linked with a host of players as the January transfer window rumbles on.